ELEPHANT POACHERS ADVANCE ON SOUTH AFRICA’S BORDERS
As elephant herds dwindle to the north of our borders it is only a matter of time before poachers turn their guns on South Africa’s elephant population in a growing side business to rhino poaching. South Africa lost 1215 rhino in 2014, but only 2 elephants. Namibia, on the other hand, lost 76 elephants, and Zimbabwe and Mozambique tragically lost hundreds. Three elephants in north eastern Namibia have been poached since the start of 2015!
Poaching elephants is noisy (AK47s are mostly used) and time-consuming to hack out the tusks, carrying much higher risk in South Africa, where many of our reserves have rapid response units and gunfire detection systems. But rising demand in Asia will spur elephant poachers to decimate our herds as has been done across Central Africa.
Please visit the WESSA Elephant Initiative page on our website to find out how we are responding to this poaching threat, and consider making a donation to our work.
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